Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/19/10

Four Cubs pitchers are signed just before Monday’s deadline to ink 2010 draftees. Twenty-two Cubs selections remain unsigned and return to school for one more year before going back into the draft next June. A couple of Jeffs, Samardzija and Antigua, had great outings this week. Three new pitchers are acquired by the organization in the deal that shipped the Chicago Cubs team leader out of town. The D-Cubs try to get another hot streak cranked up, while the I-Cubs try to hold on to their playoff spot.

All that and more in today’s Down on the Farm Report!

AAA-Iowa Cubs – (70-53)
Despite the Cubs youth movement at the big league level, there are still enough talented young Cubs left to keep Triple-A Iowa afloat. Pitchers like Jeff Samardzija and Jay Jackson and hitters like Marquez Smith and Brad Snyder are trying to boost their numbers so that they can earn a big league call-up like so many of their teammates have this season. Ryne Sandberg’s team held a 2.5 game lead over Omaha and a 3.5 game lead over Memphis going into their late game in Sacramento last night.

Jeff Samardzija had another great outing as Iowa outdid the Fresno Grizzlies 5-3 on Monday. Samardzija went six innings and the only tally he allowed was unearned. His Triple-A numbers (10-2, 3.05 ERA) certainly warrant another shot at the major league level. With Casey Coleman’s bad start yesterday it could only be a matter of time before The Shark gets his chance in the Cubs rotation. Brian Schlitter and David Cales each pitched a shutout inning. Sam Fuld went 2-for-3 with two extra base hits and two walks. Marquez Smith, Brad Snyder, and Robinson Chirinos all hit bases empty home runs during the game. Click for full box score.

The I-Cubs opened their series against the Sacramento River Cats of the Oakland A’s organization on Tuesday with a 5-4 loss. The Cubs left two men in scoring position in the ninth with only one out when James Adduci and Brad Snyder both struck out to end it. Smith at third represented the tying run and Robinson at second was the winning run, however their teammates couldn’t get the job done. Smith stayed hot by homering for the second straight day to raise his season total to 11. Jay Jackson was touched for four runs (3 ER) in 5.2 innings and then Jeff Stevens allowed the run that proved to be the difference in the eighth. Click for full box score.

Upcoming Games and Probable Pitchers:
*All Times CDT
Tonight @Sacramento 9:05 (J.R. Mathes)
Friday @Sacramento 9:05 (Mitch Atkins)
Saturday VS Nashville 7:05 (Jeff Stevens)
Sunday VS Nashville 1:05 (Jay Jackson)

AA-Tennessee Smokies – (75-46, 33-18)
The Smokies could get a boost from one of the newest Cubs pitching prospects for their playoff run. Tyrelle Harris, a right-handed pitcher, has had some success so far this year in limited Southern League action for Mississippi. In four games his ERA is just 1.46. He has a 3.71 ERA in 17 relief appearances this year at Class-A Advanced in the Braves system. He was added to the Smokies roster last night as Jeremy Papelbon was placed on the DL. The other two arms acquired in the Derrek Lee trade are expected to report to Class-A.

The Chattanooga Lookouts beat the Smokies in the final game of the series on Monday 8-2, but Tennessee still took three of five. It was one of the rare contests where the Smokies got nothing from their table setters as leadoff man Tony Campana and No. 2 batter Brett Jackson went a combined 0-for-9. Brandon Guyer, now hitting third in the order, put together another big night (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R). Rafael Dolis, who has struggled with the adjustment to Double-A, gave up seven earned runs on five hits and four walks in 3.2 innings. Click for full box score.

The Smokies had a commanding 6-2 lead going to the eighth inning on Wednesday, but the Mississippi Braves came back to score four in the eighth and one in the tenth to stun Tennessee 7-6. Chris Carpenter was in line to get the win, allowing only two runs in the seven innings, before Aaron Shafer allowed a four run rally to take place. Luke Sommer was charged with the tenth inning run that ended up being the difference. Brandon Guyer hit his 12th long ball of the year, a two run blow in the eighth inning. Click for full box score.

Upcoming Games:
*All Time CDT
Tonight VS Mississippi 6:15
Friday VS Mississippi 6:15
Saturday VS Mississippi 5:15
Sunday VS Mississippi 4:00

Class-A Advanced Daytona Cubs – (66-56, 32-20)
The Cubs will continue to try to hold off Tampa for the FSL North title, and they could have a new face on the roster to help out. Jeffrey Lorick (LHP) was netted by the Cubs in the trade that sent Derrek Lee to Atlanta. Lorick, a 20th round pick in 2009, has progressed a lot since being drafted. This year his numbers are great at low-A Rome (26 games, 4 starts, 2.32 ERA), so he very well could move up to Class-A Advanced, where he has played one game so far this season.

The Daytona Cubs have been very streaky all season long. When they’re winning, they rap off W after W. However, when things aren’t going so well, the losses start to pile up. The Cubs suffered their fourth straight defeat, 5-3 at the hands of the first place Tampa Yankees, on Monday. D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 and is now hitting .313. Ryan Flaherty, Kyler Burke, and Evan Crawford all had two hit nights. Crawford got his first triple of the year but was left stranded 90 feet away in the seventh. Click for full box score.

Tuesday, the field was unplayable in Tampa so the game was cancelled. This time the umpire ruled the contest a postponement without a forfeit from a Cubs minor league manager. No rescheduled game has been announced.

The D-Cubs got a much need win, walloping the Blue Jays 9-3 on Wednesday thanks to a total of 19 team hits. Ryan Flaherty went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI! D.J. LeMahieu had a big day as well going 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Trey McNutt tossed six one-hit innings of scoreless ball to improve to 6-0. Oswaldo Martinez was tagged for three runs in the ninth before finally getting out of it. Click for full box score.

Upcoming Games:
*All Times CDT
Tonight @Dunedin 6:00
Friday @Dunedin 6:00
Saturday VS Brevard County 6:05
Sunday @Brevard County 12:05

Class-A Peoria Chiefs – (62-55, 24-24)
The Cubs now have two guys in the farm system with the first name of Robinson plus one with Robinson as a last name. The newest is Robinson Lopez, who is 3-8 with a 4.37 ERA in 24 games (16 starts) at Class-A Rome. He could join the Chiefs sometime very soon after coming over in Wednesday’s Cubs/Braves swap.

Jeffry Antigua hurled five dazzling inning of shutout ball in relief of Su-Mi Jung, who was also nearly flawless in his three innings, on Monday night. The Chiefs won the game over host Kane County 4-0. Antigua struck out seven and allowed three hits, while Jung did not allow a run on three hits. No Peoria pitchers issued any walks during the game, which is a good sign for a Midwest League staff. Jae-Hoon Ha continued to sizzle with a 3-for-4 day. Click for full box score.

On Wednesday, the Chiefs scored three times in the seventh inning to take the lead and then they held on for a 5-2 victory over Burlington. Logan Watkins went 3-for-4, Nelson Perez launched a home run, and Tony Giansanti added two hits. Nick Struck was the winning pitcher allowing two runs in five innings. Yohan Gonzalez, who has been lights out as of late, came in once the Chiefs grabbed the lead and allowed no runs on one hit over the final two innings. Click for full box score.

Upcoming Games:
*All Times CDT
Tonight VS Burlington 7:00
Friday VS Burlington 6:30
Saturday @Clinton 6:00
Sunday @Clinton 2:00

Updates from Boise/Mesa
The Hawks are still sputtering, but they are now tied for third with Tri-City at 7-13. Yakima leads the four-team division with a 12-8 mark, five games ahead of the Hawks. Boise will remain the location of the Cubs short season affiliate for at least two more years. The Hawks and Cubs announced on Monday that their Player Development Contract has been renewed for another two years, through 2012.

The Mesa Cubs are trying to creep up to .500, currently at 21-24. They have nine games left in the regular season and just four at Fitch Park.

Updates on 2010 Draft Picks
Monday was the deadline for all Major League clubs to sign their picks from June’s draft. Here is the list of guys that the Cubs were unable to sign by the deadline.

These players will return to school next year and then will be eligible for selection in the 2010 First Year Player Draft.

  • Ivan De Jesus, CF, 6th Round
  • Steven Brooks, CF, 17th Round
  • Brooks Pinckard, RHP, 18th Round
  • Cody Cox, RHP, 21st Round
  • Danny Muno, SS, 26th Round
  • Bryan Harper, LHP, 27th Round
  • Karsten Strieby, 1B, 30th Round
  • Benito Santiago, 1B, 31st Round
  • Matthews Stites, RHP, 33rd Round
  • Chris Anderson, RHP, 35th Round
  • Tyler Bremer, RHP, 36th Round
  • Jeremy Fitzgerald, RHP, 38th Round
  • Casey Lucchese, RHP, 39th Round
  • Dallas Beeler, RHP, 41st
  • Trey Nielsen, RHP, 42nd
  • Danny Winkler, RHP, 43rd
  • Jacob Rogers, 1B, 44th
  • Devon Austin, C, 45th
  • Jerad Eickhoff, RHP, 46th
  • Clayton Crum, RHP, 47th
  • Eric Paulson, 3B, 48th
  • Eric Jagielo, 50th

Here is the list of guys who signed with the Cubs on Monday just before the deadline:

  • Benjamin Wells, RHP, 7th Round
  • Kevin Rhoderick, RHP, 9th Round
  • Casey Harman, LHP, 29th Round
  • Brian Smith, LHP, 40th Round

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